How to Connect Phones With the AUX in Car Stereos

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Cell phones have become the way of the world due to advancements in technology. Now cellular users can make phone calls, send text messages, browse the Internet, stream video and download music. With auxiliary ports built into new vehicles, using your cell phone in your car or truck has allowed users to listen to their personal selection of music, or free radio such as Pandora. Connecting your phone to an auxiliary port, also known as AUX, is simple.

Things You'll Need

  • Vehicle
  • Auxiliary port
  • Cell phone
  • AUX cable
  • Verify that your vehicle has an auxiliary port. Not all makes and models come equipped with AUX ports. Older cars do not have AUX ports, while newer cars come with the option to have AUX ports, depending on the number of features in particular packages. To find the port, look for an input jack marked "AUX" near the stereo controls, or reference the owner's manual. If you are still unsure, call or visit your local dealership for assistance.

  • Purchase an auxiliary cable. Stores such as Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Target sell auxiliary cords for approximately $15. Be sure to ask the sales representative for an auxiliary cable that is compatible with your particular phone. You can also buy auxiliary cables online through websites such as Griffin Technology, but be sure your phone is compatible with the cord you choose (Resource 1).

  • Connect the phone to the vehicle by placing one end of the cord into the cell phone and the other end into your AUX port. According to Griffin Technology, this connection will allow you to play your iPod, phone, or other music player through your car stereo speakers (Reference 1).

  • Press the "connect audio jack button" on select vehicles. Once you have attached both ends of the cable into the designated areas, some vehicles may ask you to verify that you are connecting an audio jack, while other cars will not require this step.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may also make phone calls using the auxiliary cable. You can use your car speakers as a speaker phone and talk hands-free. Using an auxiliary cable provides static-free sound because of the direct cord connection to your stereo, providing the best sound quality, according to Naked Cell Phone (Reference 2).

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